Nigella Sativa – The Magic Plant That Heals Everything Except Death
For thousands of years, black cumin seeds have been used for their healing and medicinal properties. Just in the recent years, researchers and scientists are beginning to recognize the amazing health benefits of black seeds. Black seeds are the seeds of a plant called ‘Nigella Sativa’ that originally come from Egypt. Many countries in Middle East call black seeds ‘the seeds of blessing that can heal many diseases’.
Black seed oil benefits has been known since historical time for its medicinal properties. Its benefit as a curative and preventive therapy for different disease conditions is dated back to more than two thousand years ago mostly in the Middle East and Asia. Basically the black seed oil benefits revolve around its effective anti – oxidant, anti – inflammatory, and anti – bacterial properties.
Black seed oil finds its benefits in many kitchen recipes in South and Southwest Asian homes mainly as a spice. It is used in most case to flavour pastries, some other flour products (confectionery) and liquors. The medicinal properties of the Nigella Sativa oil also known as black seed oil has been used as a remedy for a great number of diseases. Black seed oil as it is popularly called is known for its natural healing power. In ancient Egypt, the black seed oil is described as a cure for problems and diseases. A bottle of black seed oil was even found in the tomb of King Tutankamun.
The use of the black seed oil as a treatment for different diseases is dated back to over 2000 years ago. Black seed oil has been used in ancient times for the treatment of conjunctivitis, abscesses, parasitic infections, toothache, dysentery, headache, nasal congestion and intestinal worms. In recent days, the black seed oil still finds great relevance in the treatment of several ailments like haemorrhoids, colic, digestive tract infections, congestion asthma, allergies, bronchitis, flu, emphysema, cough, swine flu and some other respiratory tract diseases.
Some other curative use of black seed oil include: treatment of back ache and other types of rheumatism, diabetes, diarrhoea, grey hair, hair loss, hay fever, hypertension, fatigue, sexual impotence, nervous tension stress, sleep disorder and ulcers among others.
Black seed oil is also used as nutritional supplements in cases like; birth control to start menstrual flow, to increase milk flow for breast feeding mother, improve of one’s immune system, lowering cholesterol level in the body, lowering high blood pressure, sexual potency, memory improvement, healthy complexion, etc.
In most cases, the black seed oil is mixed with some other vitamin enriched products to increase its efficacy. Some of the products that are mostly mixed with the black seed oil are; cysteine, vitamin E, saffron, garlic, orange juice, yoghurt, mustard seed, pomegranate peel, fumitory, coffee, lemon, olive, boiled mint, honey, vinegar, henna plant oil, camphire plant oil, orrisroot oil, etc.
The combination and usage of black seed oil depends on the type of ailment and how severe it is.
Traditional use of black seed and its oil are seen across the globe today, these are modern reflections of knowledge handed down through the ages.
In this article we will look at traditional ways of using black seed oil to treat a number of ailments.
Traditional use of Black Seed
Boil some water and add a few drops of black seed oil, deeply inhale the vapors. Rub the black seed oil onto chest and back every night. Daily oral consumption of black seed oil.
Arthritis and Backache:
Deeply massage black seed oil into the affected joints / area. Daily oral consumption of black seed oil.
Combine two parts whole black seed, two parts mustard seed, one part dried pomegranate peel and one part fumewort seed. Powder the mixture. Take half a tea spoon daily alongside a teaspoon of black seed oil daily before breakfast.
Take a teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with a cup of yoghurt twice daily.
Massage black seed oil into the chest and back; also take black seed oil mixed in coffee and twice daily.
Rhinitis / Nasal Congestion:
Placing a few drops of black seed oil into each nostril twice daily.
Massage black seed oil into hair roots regularly.
Massage scalp thoroughly with lemon juice and leave for 15 minutes, wash off thoroughly and deeply massage black seed oil into the scalp. Daily oral consumption of black seed oil.
Allergy / Hay Fever:
Take one tablespoon of black seed oil mixed with lemon juice twice daily.
Rub the forehead and the sides of the face near the ears with Black Seed Oil and bandage the head. Also a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil should be taken before breakfast.
General maintenance of health:
Take one teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with honey twice daily.
Healthy Complexion (General):
Mix black seed oil with olive oil and rub into the face, leave for at least one hour then wash with water.
Mix any drink with one teaspoon of black seed oil, consume alongside two lobes of garlic every morning with breakfast. Additionally rub body with black seed oil and expose skin to suns rays for half an hour once every three days. Repeat for one month.
Mix one tablespoon of black seed oil with a glass of pure orange juice every morning.
Add one teaspoon of black seed oil into an infusion of mint, drink daily for at least 15 days
Muscle aches and pains.
Massage the affected area with black seed oil
Nervous tension / anxiety:
A teaspoon of black seed oil taken with tea, three times daily
Mix ground black seed, black seed oil, olive oil, frankincense and honey. Mix well and take one table spoon after each meal.
Take one table spoon of black seed oil mixed with honey in the evening.
Toothache and gum disease:
Cook black seeds with vinegar, add black seed oil to the mixture and use as a mouth wash.
Black seed and black seed oil have medicinal and health promoting properties which have been recognised for thousands of years in many systems of medicine across the world.
Nature has given us everything we need!
As always be careful not to take a large amount of black seeds as it can be toxic in amounts exceeding 25 grams. Follow the recommended dosage and always use the best quality seeds you can find. The most expensive, does not mean the best seeds. Nor does the cheapest seeds mean they are the worse.
Remember to take black seed everyday for well being and then if a disease strikes, a small amount of black seed will suffice.
Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) stated, “Hold on to the use of the black seed, for indeed it has a remedy for every disease except death.” “Hold on,” indicates that one should take the remedy daily and take it often and regularly.
The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional.